Child burned in car outside mother’s work
February 27, 2013
A Santa Barbara woman is facing child endangerment charges after the van she had left her 2-year-old alone in caught on fire. [SantaBarbaraIndependent]
Viviana Wink, 29, allegedly left her child strapped in a car seat in the van parked outside a home on Santa Teresita Drive in Santa Barbara while she worked as a caretaker for two elderly residents. Wink was in the home about five minutes when she noticed smoke pouring from the vehicle.
Crews responded to the fire at about 10:50 a.m. to find the minivan completely engulfed in flames. The fire had also spread to nearby bushes and a power pole.
Shortly after fire crews arrived, Wink emerged from the home with her daughter. They both displayed obvious injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital.
After receiving conflicting accounts of how the burns were sustained, fire department officials turned the case over to police who are continuing to investigate.
The mother sustained minor injuries and was released from the hospital. Emergency medical personnel transferred the daughter, who suffered second- and third-degree burns to her face and body, to the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks.